Cody was born and raised in Decatur, GA. He attended Florida State University on an ROTC scholarship where he received a B.F.A in Motion Picture, Television and the Recording Arts. Following college he served in the US Army as an infantry officer and paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division with deployments to Iraq and Haiti. In 2010 he transferred to the Army National Guard and became a Public Affairs Officer, where he attained the rank of Major. In 2010, he also began working in the film and television industry as a production assistant and assistant director. He was accepted into the DGA trainee program (LA) in 2013, and he completed the program in 2016. At that point, he joined the DGA as a second assistant director.
Cody is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Veterans in Media and Entertainment.